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How do you get an ID from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles?

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To get a Florida ID card as of 2015, apply in person at a Florida driver's license office. Along with the completed application form, submit a valid identification document, proof of social security number and two documents proving Florida residency.

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues Florida identification cards. The DHSMV accepts either a valid, unexpired U.S. passport or an original or certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate as proof of identity for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are required to submit a valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card, while non-immigrants must submit a valid foreign passport.

Applicants must submit their original signed social security cards. If an applicant does not have a social security number, the DHSMV requires that she submit a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that she was never issued a social security number, as well as another document proving her identity, such as a W-2 form or pay stub. The DHSMV accepts a variety of different documents as proof of Florida residency, such as a Florida Voter Registration Card, deed, mortgage or lease agreement, or a W-2 or 1099 form.

All ID cards issued in Florida after Jan. 1, 2010, are compliant with the federal REAL ID Act, meaning that all Florida IDs should be accepted throughout the United States.

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